TP-Link Extender Setup

TP-Link extender setup could become a plodding task to accomplish if you are not acquainted with how range extender works. There are generally three main networking types of equipment that are associated with the internet in our home and office spaces. Modem, router, and extender. All of the three devices are used to full fill the same task and that is to provide an internet connection to your devices like laptop, computer, smartphone, tablet, Alexa, etc. The modem has only one task to perform and that is to convert incoming electrical signals from an internet line outside your home or office. On the next part if you are using any router which is connected to your modem by ethernet cable then the router will share the internet through waves or allowing you to connect other devices with an ethernet cable. At the end extenders come into action, right in the next paragraph, I have shared why you need extender if you are already using a high-end router.

Why extender is required?

Usually, when your internet connection is installed by your ISP (Internet Service provider) they provide you modem and router at rental or non-rental billing. Now days almost every smart device does have inbuilt WiFi to avoid ethernet cable connections to make the Internet work. So, if everything is right then why we need an extender here. Why we need to spend an extra few bucks to get a device that works on the same model of protocols as your router do. Let me explain; Consider a hypothetical situation in which you are using your internet through WiFi connection on the 2nd floor of your house or office (ample distance from the pre-installed router). Now, the issue here is that your connected device is not able to attain the maximum speed due to weak WiFi signal strength. In some cases, internet speed could drop to 1 Mbps or even less; on the connection of 100 Mbps speed for what you are paying to your ISP. To take full advantage of your internet speed you can connect your current device with an ethernet cable (above CAT 6 ethernet cable). But there is a concern, your all devices do not have an ethernet cable port like; smartphones and tablets. So you are only left with one choice to use WiFi as a resource to use the internet but we can make the current WiFi signal strong but how?  Right! How? By using an extender. Some people call them boosters. Now let’s see how to set up an extender.

TP-Link Extender Setup

TP-Link Extender Setup Page

To set up an extender first you need to buy one. You can purchase them from any local retail store like Walmart etc. It will cost you only a few bucks but make your life easier. So if you already have TP-Link extender then make sure it is the lastest one because new models have some cools features to make you pro internet user without worrying about hackers. Haaah! Okay

To set up a TP-link extender you need to first connect it with your current internet resource (modem or router). There are two options to make it happen. Ethernet cable and WiFi. You can choose anyone you want because it will not make any difference with extenders.

TP-Link Extender Setup Instructions

Let’s get started with setting up a TP-Link extender. The following steps will guide with step by step to set up the extender without any pro knowledge of networking. Please follow the steps as they are given and do not skip any.

Step 1. The first step is to connect your TP-Link extender with your computer or laptop with an ethernet cable to configure the  extender settings

Step 2. Plug your TP-Link to electrical power outlet and power it on

Step 3. Open any web browser on the connected device and paste this URL

Step 4. In case the URL doesn’t work, then type this IP address in the web browsers address bar. This is the default IP address of TP-Link extender

Step 5. Once connected you will see the “Quick Setup” option on the screen. Click on “Quick Setup” and then click Next.

Step 6. Now from the drop list select your current region and again click Next.

Step 7. Now TP-Link will take a few minutes to scan the WiFi networks around. Please make sure you are not too far away from your router or where the router is situated.

Step 8. Once the scanning is done then select your current WiFi network and click Next.

Step 9. Enter the WiFi login credentials like; your WiFi password and click connect.

Step 10. Select ‘Copy from the main router’ if you want a single larger wireless network or ‘Customize’ if you want to create a different network.

Step 11. Select Next

Step 12. Review network settings and if everything looks good then click Finish. Now your TP-Link extender will reboot to save the configuration. It will just take a minute or so.

Step 13. Once the reboot is done, now connect with new WiFi SSID and take the internet speed test using this link:

Above are the exact steps to setup TP-Link extender. I am soon going to publish an article on “How to setup TP-Link extender with WPS”. Bookmark this website to stay stunned with the latest article on TP-Link Extender.

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